Raw deal for Goa’s musical talent…


Colin D’Cruz is a musician one ran into by accident. It stemmed out of a review of a Limca Book of Indian Records, and an error while mentioning his background. Colin got in touch, and that led to some more stories. Including one about this interesting Latino-Goan band called Obligato, of which I just managed to find a cached story. [File photo alongside shows Colin, second from right, along with Julius (extreme right, on keyboards), and visiting British Salsa dancers appreciating music of Obligato.] Later, Colin did a concert for Daniel Pearl, the journalist slain in Pakistan. He’s been touring … Continue reading Raw deal for Goa’s musical talent…

Fighting “communalism”, Goan-style


Last week, the Rane-led Congress government in Goa spoke of stopping the “sprouting of illegal constructions and encroachments in public property”, while talking about a law to tackle “communalism” in the state. New legislation to tackle riots on cards (By Herald Reporter) PANJIM, JULY 12 — Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane tonight said the government is contemplating to bring a legislation with measures to prevent communal disturbance as well as controlling illegal constructions. Rounding up the general discussion on Budget for 2006-07, the chief minister said we have to jointly think of fighting the communal forces trying to create social tension. … Continue reading Fighting “communalism”, Goan-style

An email… from Ingo


For some reason, Ingo who runs (ran?) the controversy-hit Saturday Night Bazaar at Goa, sent me a copy of his email announcing plans for the coming tourism season. It reads: halo goawalla, no one wants a repeat of last years confusion, step one is information. the right one! and it starts right here with you, below i have given step by step instructions how to add yourself on database. Actually, I believe that Goa is going about systematically destroying anything that could act as its USP (unique selling point) in building its tourism product. While a number of issues still … Continue reading An email… from Ingo

Stamps, stamps, stamps…


Here’s a mailing-list on Yahoogroups.com that looks at stamps from “Portuguese India” (as Goa and some other areas were formerly called), and the list is called StampsInGoa. It has 41 members currently, was started by Clinton Vaz (24) of Benaulim, and not all posts deal with Goa. But some are interesting ones. Lawrence Fernandes is talking about stamps from the German East Africa colonies. And Benedict De Braganza has an interest in the same. There’s another world out there. Continue reading Stamps, stamps, stamps…

Which ISP to go for… when visiting [Goa]


Gene Lobo of Aldona runs Systeck Computer Solutions at 7-12 Braganza Trade Centre (opposite Mapusa’s Remanso Hospital, ph +91-832-2266433) in Goa. On Aldona-Net, one of the village-based mailing lists in Goa, he recently offered his advice on what ISP to choose, if you’re visiting Goa. So, if you go by his advice, this reflects the options available in Goa, India’s smallest state (or province). He says: BSNL. The CLI is best for visitors. As they pay only for what they use and there is no rent nor time limit for this connection. keep in mind it is a dial-up connection. … Continue reading Which ISP to go for… when visiting [Goa]

Checkmate: Vision for the visually-impaired


Recently, I ran into Rufina Fernandes. She’s the Chief Executive Officer of the Nasscom Foundation (some difficulty to get through this page currently, but can find some links to its cached site here). As its name suggests, the Nasscom Foundation is linked to the National Association of Software and Service Companies, which in turn calls itself “the premier trade body and ‘voice’ of the IT software and service industry in India”. Rufina holds responsibility for overall operations of Nasscom Foundation. She has also been working in the field of CSR (“corporate social responsibility”). An alumni of The Xavier’s Institute of … Continue reading Checkmate: Vision for the visually-impaired